Megan Evans, Women’s Ministry Director, LHBC
“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
Picture this: You are dehydrated and searching for a water source. Finally you come across a fountain. But this is not just any water. This water belongs to Jesus and he offers you a taste. As you swallow, this water fills a space inside of you that had always remained empty and parched.
Every other water source you have experienced up until now has left you thirsty. This Living Water completely satisfies and completes you. You no longer need to search and strive. This fountain of Living Water is a continual spring bubbling up with endless supply. What’s more, you may drink of this water to your heart’s content any time you wish. In fact the more often and the more you drink of it, the more you experience peace, and joy, and fulfillment.
With a fount of perfectly sustaining Living Water, we would be crazy to desire nourishment from any other source. Right? It would be ridiculous for us to grab a shovel and dig our own makeshift well when our needs are already being perfectly met. Yet doesn’t that describe us sometimes?
We have everything we need in Jesus, yet oftentimes we believe the lie that surely He is not enough. We want more. We want to be more, do more, and have more. So we grab a shovel and start digging. Instead of drinking at the sustaining fount of Jesus, we begin to seek satisfaction elsewhere.
Jeremiah calls out the sin of his people who had walked away from God. The Living had been exchanged for the lifeless. They had forsaken God and now worshipped empty and useless things.
It’s easy to see how this can happen. We are busy, we get distracted by the world’s enticements. The world tells us that if we can do it ourselves, we are successful. The only problem is that we are full of holes. We ourselves are broken cisterns that leak. Yet somehow in our human sinful logic, it makes more sense to dig our own water holes and piece together broken pieces in place of something that only God can provide. We are indeed broken, but Jesus came to make us whole. He is the Living Water our soul craves. In Christ we have eternal life and daily hydration. May our worship today be of the One True Fount.
Is endless striving leaving you thirsty? Today, what areas of lifelessness need to be exchanged for the Living? Put down these tiresome shovels and return to the sustaining fountain of Jesus. Drink of His Living Water. Let God lead you out of dryness and into an abundant life in Him.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, forgive me for the times I have walked away from you and made other things my focus of worship. You are the One true God, and you alone satisfy my soul. Reveal to me anything standing in my way of pure worship of you Lord. Jesus take this heavy shovel from my weary hand. Refresh me and fill my emptiness with your Living Water and make me whole. In Jesus Name, Amen.
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
James 4:10–Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.